This Day In Baseball July 31

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on July 31 This Day In Baseball.

July 31 2004 – The long-anticipated trade of Nomar Garciaparra is finally accomplished as the Red Sox shortstop is traded to the Cubs in a four-team deal which includes the Twins and Expos. Chicago first acquires shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Expos for shortstop Alex Gonzalez, relief pitcher Francis Beltran and minor leaguer Brendan Harris. They then pry 1B Doug Mientkiewicz from the Twins for minor league southpaw Justin Jones. Chicago then flips its two new acquisitions to the Bosox for Garciaparra , prospect Matt Murton and cash.

July 31, 1990, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers wins the 300th game of his career. After failing to reach the milestone in his previous start, the 43-year-old Ryan defeats the Milwaukee Brewers, 11-3. Ryan allows only one earned run in seven and two-thirds innings against a lineup that includes Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Gary Sheffield, and Dave Parker.

Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his hitting streak to 44 games, as the Reds edge the Braves 3 – 2. Rose ties Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old National League record, achieved when foul balls didn’t count as strikes.

July 31, 1972, Dick Allen of the Chicago White Sox becomes only the seventh player in major league history to hit two inside-the-park home runs in a game. Allen’s two circuit clouts, which come against Bert Blyleven of the Minnesota Twins, help lift the White Sox to an 8-1 victory

July 31, 1954, Milwaukee Braves slugger Joe Adcock sets a major league record by accumulating 18 total bases in a single game. Adcock hits four home runs and a double in the Braves’ 15-7 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 2002, Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green will break Adcock’s mark for total bases, racking up 19, also in Milwaukee.

July 31, 1891, Giants’ hurler Amos Rusie hurls a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Grooms. Rusie, known as “The Hoosier Thunderbolt,” was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

Hall of Fame inductions:
1983, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, George Kell, and manager Walter Alston. 2005: Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs, Also honored are San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammons, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. es – and goes 4-for-4 with two triples. McCovey’s impressive debut helps the Giants to a 7-2 win over the Phillies.

Events for July 31